Dugong carcass found in Sattahip bay

Dugong carcass found in Sattahip bay

A dugong carcass in Sattahip. SATTAHIP MARINE POLICE STATION
A dugong carcass in Sattahip. SATTAHIP MARINE POLICE STATION

CHON BURI: The carcass of a dugong, a rare marine mammal known as payoon in Thai, was found floating in Sattahip bay in Chonburi province yesterday.

The discovery came less than two days after another dead dugong was found in Chaiya district of Surat Thani.

Marine police, along with personnel from Sattahip Municipality and the navy's rare marine animals help centre, boarded a patrol boat after local fishermen reported the sighting.

The female payoon was floating near the marine police pier that juts into the bay. It was believed to be six to seven years old, measuring three metres and weighing 300 kilogrammes. The carcass was brought ashore for an autopsy to establish the cause of death.

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